Photo Exploration: Rotten 2. December 2013.

April 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

This photo is (prob­a­bly) my favorite from my Rot­ten series.

Rotten 2

In this series I pho­tographed food that would oth­er­wise have been dis­carded. I pro­duced this work as a play on the tra­di­tional still life and a reflec­tion of my own habits.
I became frus­trated with the amount of waste leav­ing my own home. At the same time I was enam­ored with col­ors and tex­tures that appeared when food, espe­cially fruit, was left to rot.

By tak­ing light­ing cues from the Old Mas­ters and uti­liz­ing bro­ken, dried, molded or oth­er­wise unap­pe­tiz­ing pro­vi­sions as sub­ject mat­ter, I jux­ta­posed some of our tra­di­tional pre­sen­ta­tions of edi­ble beauty with our waste.

This work also speaks to the lux­ury of my abil­ity to con­sider the scrap­ping of food when a great many com­mu­ni­ties can­not. Our con­tin­ued refine­ment of food pro­duc­tion enables us to have greater con­trol over appear­ances until it reaches our home, but after­wards we eas­ily dis­card that which devel­ops an unpleas­ant appear­ance. Even if the food main­tains qual­ity, we will quickly dis­pose of that which looks unap­peal­ing. Granted, some of the ele­ments used in this work were lit­er­ally dis­gust­ing, but much of the mate­r­ial could have been eaten or oth­er­wise reused with­out ill effect.

With this work I explore con­cepts of what is appeal­ing, suc­cu­lent and edi­ble while explor­ing my own stan­dards of that which sus­tains. This work ven­tures to bring the focus back to ordi­nary decay and nat­ural cycles. With the desire for cleaner, newer, brighter, shinier or clearer sub­stance we read­ily dis­card that which is still — or even more — beau­ti­ful once left to nature’s own processes